First Languages Australia have started work on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages project which has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment. This is to be run jointly with the Training and Career Development for Language Workers project, funded by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications–Indigenous Languages and Arts program.
These projects will build on the information in our 2016 Report Nintiringanyi: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language Teaching and Employment Strategy. The result of the new joint projects will be a comprehensive Government-backed strategy for the learning and teaching of languages, and training and career development covering all areas of language work. The content of the final report will reflect the knowledge, aims and ambitions shared by the language centres and community programs, supported by research and innovation from a pool of partner organisations.
One of the first steps is to hold a national video conference for language centres and programs, to begin talks around training and career development for language workers. As a starting point, we have compiled a list of the relevant training opportunities currently available into a summary document that can be downloaded here.
A video conference to initiate the conversation was held on Thursday, 11th of June at time 11.30 EST. The discussion agenda is below, and meeting notes are available here for reference.
Read more: Discussion notes: Training and career development for language workers
Minyahgu to all of you in our network who are trying to continue with such important work while facing the necessary restrictions around contact and travel.
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